Rep. Ed Emery attacks judicial activism
April 02, 2004
We took a step closer this week to stopping judges who want to legislate from the bench. We also took a step forward to protect marriage from those who would pervert and destroy it as an institution. These steps are closely related. They are both designed to protect us and our families from judicial activism.

I presented House Resolution 263 to the House Rules committee on yesterday. HR 263 is a resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives to the United States Congress requesting that Federal Judge Scott O. Wright be investigated and impeached for violation of his Constitutional responsibilities. Author and national speaker, Bill Federer, testified in support of the resolution. If the committee agrees that Judge Wright should be investigated, then the entire House of Representatives will vote. That vote could send the resolution to Washington to request the U.S. House Judiciary committee to initiate a Congressional investigation. I am convinced that if investigated, Judge Wright will be impeached.

The second success this week was when the House voted 128 to 20 in favor of a constitutional amendment to secure the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The proposed amendment is now subject to a vote of the people, who will decide whether it will become part of Missouri’s Constitution.

Our State law already forbids same sex marriages, so why amend the Constitution? The answer is to defend marriage from activist judges like Judge Scott O. Wright. Without this amendment, a single activist judge could unilaterally declare our law unconstitutional and legislate sodomite marriage “from the bench.”

We are living in perilous but exciting times. There is nothing more critical to our nation or to our state than the fundamental institutions of Family and Government. The choices we make today are determining our future success or failure. That is why your prayers and involvement are essential.

Editorial comment:

Judge Wright who is 81 years old was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri in 1979. Emery's measure cites Wright's 1999 decision blocking enforcement of a new Missouri law banning a procedure that opponents call "partial-birth abortion" and doctors call "intact dilation and extraction." The resolution also cites a temporary injunction Wright issued last year blocking a state law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before having an abortion.

The House took no action on Emery's resolution.

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